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Today’s News - Monday, March 10, 2014

•   ArcSpace brings us Meyer's (fab) travel guide to Helsinki, and Kiser's take on Morphosis's Emerson College in L.A. that "defines the college's identity in the center of the entertainment industry."

•   Quirk is quick to cheer (so do we!) Time magazine's "fascinating and often deeply moving account" of the building of 1 WTC (a must-read/watch!).

•   Wing "offers an alternative take" on architects' moral responsibilities (ref. Hadid/Qatar stadium fracas): "Does the fame of the architect somehow mitigate the responsibility? Or does one's fame and bully pulpit make one more responsible?"

•   Roche sees "a moment of truth" for the Eisenhower Memorial: after 15 years and $40 million, and "thanks to the object lesson we've been given on the consequences of ignoring standard practice, we know just where to begin again."

•   Johnson does some serious digging to find out who (and what) is behind the "Astroturf organization" spending big bucks to debunk LEED.

•   The Living Building Challenge's McLennan explains how the LBC's "holistic plan aims not to make cities less bad, but more good."

•   Hosey explains why, "by many important measures, cities are dramatically better for the environment, the economy, and you."

•   Chaban x 2: he takes an in-depth look at how Jersey City is turning "from drab to fab": move over Brooklyn - "alluring architecture is making 'Chilltown' hot."

•   He finds out why NYC's approval of the massive Domino Sugar factory redevelopment (with towers 20 stories higher than zoning allows) has some housing advocates worried while it "has certainly emboldened" the real estate industry ("Mayor Build de Blasio," anyone?).

•   Rinaldi cheers Denver's "Imagine 2020" arts-first plan that calls for more public art just about everywhere, and offers "incentives for planners and developers who make art a priority."

•   Rybczynski strolls Thom's Tarrant County College Trinity East campus in Fort Worth, TX: "I don't want to give the impression that this is shy architecture" - "humanist" is a better descriptor.

•   A former fire station in Doha is set to be transformed into art center for residencies, studios, and a gallery for international and Gulf artists.

•   Brussat says Holl's addition to the Glasgow School of Art "expresses the most profound disrespect for its neighbor" (why are we not surprised).

•   Pogrebin offers an in-depth look at what conservationists are dealing with now that FLW's vast archive has landed in NYC: "In preserving the models, the conservators must decide which version to restore: The model in its original form? Its final form? The building as it looked when completed?"

•   Heathcote has an amusing take on movie villains' island lairs: "For the 1960s villain it needed to be Tropical Modern; for our age, it's more Tate Modern."

•   AIArchitect offers a great round-up re: Palm Springs Modernism that looks at "what-if's," giant donut stands, Kaptur, Modernism's "elder statesman."

•   A good reason to head west this week: Architecture & Design Film Festival lands in Los Angeles.

•   Eyefuls of the winners and honorable mentions in the Fairy Tales Architecture Competition (some are puckish, some seem a bit grimm).

•   Call for entries: Origomu ("folding rubber) competition: transform plastic six-pack rings into unique pieces of wearable art.



  


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